Vikings Fans Get an Immediate Look at Kirk Cousins in Year One

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When it comes to Kirk Cousins’s decision to jump ship to the Atlanta Falcons, the Minnesota Vikings will find out if he was right over the next four seasons. For fans looking to get a glimpse, that will happen in year one.

Vikings Fans Get an Immediate Look at Kirk Cousins in Year One

The Minnesota Vikings needed to decide if they would be the high bidder for Kirk Cousins, as that was always what it would take to retain his services. Rather than saddle their cap with another one of his contracts, they allowed the Atlanta Falcons to carry that baton. Cousins is, in part, betting that his new team has a better chance of winning before the end of his career than his old one. That may be true in 2024 as he departs Minnesota, but the proof will be in the pudding.

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Although the Vikings’ brain trust will need to wait a couple of seasons to watch the decision come full circle, it won’t take long for fans to see what Cousins brings to Atlanta. The veteran will be on the opposing sideline at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time in his career, assuming that Atlanta doesn’t play Minnesota in London during the upcoming season. Currently scheduled to host the Falcons, you can bet Vikings fans will view that game as a hot ticket.

With the Vikings, Cousins was somewhat of a polarizing player on the stat sheet, but he was relatively beloved between the lines and should be expected to receive a warm welcome when returning to the place he called home for the past seven seasons. The NFL could find some humor in the situation and make that contest a primetime Sunday or Monday Night game for the Vikings, and how Cousins responds playing his former employer would be an immediate must-watch contest.

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Having turned over its coaching staff and moved on from Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinecke as its starters, Atlanta hopes that its new $180 million man will lead them to the promised land.

Although Cousins found little playoff success with the Vikings, maybe a fresh start in an offense featuring Bijan Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts will be enough to get the job done.

Paying big for free-agent quarterbacks is always part of the reality when dealing with the most important position in sports. The Falcons gave a 35-year-old coming off a substantial injury enough money where he simply couldn’t say no, and now both sides get to see who was right in year one of the deal.

Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.